Adobe just announced support for Apple ProRes video format export on Windows computers. Now ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 export are available within Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Media Encoder on both Mac OS and Windows 10 with the latest update.
Apple ProRes is a codec technology developed by Apple for high-quality, high-performance editing, and it’s been around for quite a while. It is one of the most popular codec families in professional post-production and is widely used for acquisition, production, delivery, and archiving. For many years, exporting ProRes on Windows computers has been quite a hassle, and for video professionals, it was one of the “why Mac-over-Windows” arguments. This does not apply anymore: Adobe just announced support for Apple ProRes export on Windows platform. The export is available with the latest updates to the Adobe Creative Cloud video apps, including:
- Premiere Pro CC (update 13.0.2)
- After Effects CC
- Adobe Media Encoder CC (update 13.0.2)
The cross-platform equivalent of ProRes so far was Avid DNxHD and DNxHR. Many clients, however, require delivery in ProRes format. Until now, Windows Adobe Premiere users had to use a different software (for example Blackmagic Fusion) or use all kinds of workarounds.
Adobe worked with Apple to provide ProRes export using Premiere Pro and After Effects. Support for ProRes on Mac OS and Windows helps streamline video production and simplifies final output, including server-based remote rendering with Adobe Media Encoder.
ProRes Export Formats in Premiere
The options for ProRes export in Adobe Premiere are now as follows:
- Apple ProRes 422 HQ
- Apple ProRes 422 LT
- Apple ProRes 422 Proxy
- Apple ProRes 422
- Apple ProRes 4444 with Alpha
- Apple ProRes 4444
HEIF Import & More on Adobe Premiere (and Media Encoder) 13.0.2 Update
Apart from the support for Apple ProRes Export on Windows, the update 13.0.2 adds the import for HEIF files created on iOS devices, improved performance with the Canon Cinema RAW Light on Windows, and import support for ProRes HDR footage.
- HEIF files, recorded on iOS devices can be imported into Premiere Pro and Media Encoder on Mac OS and Windows. This feature requires macOS 10.13, or higher, and Windows 10 (version 1809 or higher). On Windows systems, both the HEIF Image Extension and the HEVC Video Extension need to be installed.
- Faster decoding for Canon Cinema RAW Light footage provides improved playback on multicore Windows 10 machines.
- Support for ProRes HDR footage allows for accurate import of Rec2020 and PQ/HLG color information from HDR media in ProRes containers.
Did you miss the ProRes export support on a Windows machine in Premiere? Is this going to influence your future OS choice? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.